Switzerland - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Brief History

The history of Switzerland as a nation-state and as a democratic state began at the end of a short civil war in 1847 when a constitutional assembly drafted a new constitution. It codified certain principles that remain in force in the early twenty-first century.

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Democracy. According to the 1848 constitution, every male citizen has a vote, and legislation is made by parliament or by the people in popular votes. The parliament is elected in free, fair, and secret elections, and the government is elected by the parliament at the beginning of the legislative period. The government has to govern in the interest of the people. After 1848 major changes included the abolition of rules and practices that withheld enfranchisement from about 20 percent of the male population in 1848. Suffrage for women was extended successively on the cantonal level and then on the federal level...

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